Indian Airlines Have Been Providing a Comfortable Air Travel

In December, 2005, this airline was renamed as “Indian”, which is a part of the preparation for its merger with Air India. On February, 2007, at the authorization of government, Indian Airlines was merged with Air India to provide improved facilities to its flyers. After mergence, the airlines retained the initials of Indian Airlines as IC with logo name as Air India. This mix and match was done to augment the amenities within the lowest possible costs. This airline has always been a preferred among people in the country.

With facilities like promotional or discounted fares, travel assistance, excellent choice of meals and holiday packages, Indian Airlines continued to be among the top favorite of people. Airlines are a means to enjoy luxurious and comfortable travel to a variety of places. The same anticipation of flyers is fulfilled at Indian Airlines, where you are served with utmost care and comfort. This airline is a state owned department that works under Ministry of Civil Aviation.

If you are willing to travel through this airline; then, you should be rest guaranteed of services that will provide you with best-in-class services. Indian Airlines is a Delhi based airways that focuses primarily on domestic destination, with few global destinations too. The main hub of this airline is Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and important bases at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport at Mumbai, Meenambakkam Airport at Chennai and Subhash Chandra Airport at Kolkata.

With the facility of inexpensive fares provided from time to time, you will have the autonomy of availing cheap Indian Airlines tickets. After all, everyone likes to travel at affordable rates and save a lot of money. This airline is such that its conveniences are of supreme class, which are available within your budget. Even, the cabin crew and ground staff are well trained to deal with the passengers with utmost care and comfort. The seating capacity of the aircraft also provides proper leg space for a relaxing journey.

The meals provided while the journey is something to be relished. You will be given a choice to select from vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, along with special meals for health conscious people. By now, you must have been lured to take-on a flight with Indian Airlines. If you plan to travel to some international destination like Dubai, Bahrain, Colombo or Singapore; then, you definitely will have ever appreciating memories from your air travel. The reasons for this are choicest of delicacies, excellent in-flight assistance, warm hospitality and comfortable journey. After the merging of Indian Airlines and Air India, the result seemed to be a constructive decision. Even, the fares allow almost every category of people to travel to their dream destinations. Now, they don’t have to recline with not having enough finances for an air travel.

How Air Travel Has Changed in Recent Decades

Unless you’re really young, chances are you remember that travel used to be completely different 30, 20, even a mere 10 years ago. Just like every other industry, tourism and travel has been changed by technology, gadgets, and global events. Ready to take a stroll down memory lane? Then read on!

Air Travel in the 1980s

Perhaps the most significant event of the decade was airline deregulation, which opened up air travel to the average consumer in regards to price and availability. With all that increased flying, airlines instituted frequent flyer programs for the first time.

Many airports weren’t ready with proper safety measures to accommodate the increasing number of flyers. Some airports, even those in major metropolitan areas, loaded passengers directly from the tarmac onto the plane.

Computerized booking systems used by travel agents were still a new form of technology, having only appeared on the scene in the late 70s. During this era, consumers were forced to rely on travel agents to make their air travel – there weren’t any websites!

Southwest Airlines, once a small, Texas-only carrier, expanded to the national level and quickly became the favored airline of many consumers and businesspeople due to their low-cost fares.

Airline passengers and their baggage were screened, but the service was provided by private contractors and was, for the most part, a quick, easy, and painless procedure.

Movies on video cassettes were shown as in-flight entertainment by some airlines for the first time; in 1985 the first audio player system was installed.

The 1990s

Airline travel continued to take off. By the beginning of the decade, more Americans had flown on an airplane than owned a car!

During this decade, cell phones were banned from use on airplanes (of course back then, hardly anyone owned a cell phone, better known as a “big, heavy brick with extremely limited coverage”).

Once the iconic company of airline travel, Pan American folded under the weight of bankruptcy in the early part of the decade.
The new Denver International Airport was finally completed in 1995 after many mishaps that had people wondering if the land was cursed. It was one-of-a-kind, featuring a remote location, unique architecture, automated baggage handling system, and the largest area in square miles as well as the largest off-site parking of any airport in the U.S.

Southwest Airlines became one of the first airlines to post a website, where internet users could check flight schedules and routes – but couldn’t yet book their own flights. It’s unknown exactly when the first online purchase of an airline ticket was made, but it had to be sometime in 1996 because Travelocity was offering online reservations that year; Priceline and Expedia became big travel fare contenders by 1999.

Singapore Airlines was the first company to provide in-flight telephone service, using a “KrisFone”.

The 21st Century

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 prompted the government to take over the airport screening process, limit the types of substances that could be brought onboard, and require a government-issued I.D. for boarding – the now very familiar TSA.

The Concorde, once known as the bastion of luxury, trans-Atlantic air travel, took to the skies for the last time in 2003. In terms of size, it was replaced by the A380, which could hold 800 passengers – a first in airline history. Singapore Airlines made 1,000 flights using the A380 in the first year the aircraft was used commercially. In the United States, New York’s JFK Airport was the first to receive an A380 inbound flight in 2007.

In 2004, Lufthansa was the first airline to offer in-flight internet access using a satellite connection.

The first cell phones were used during flights on an international airline in 2008. In the U.S., we’re still waiting for the green light to use a cell phone onboard. Although we can’t use our cell phones during a flight, we can certainly use them to check departure delays, make reservation changes, and find things to do near our destination.

Retro Air Travel Returns to Tanzania

When I was a little boy in the 60s and 70s, the Douglas DC-3, which, like they did in Britain we used to call the Dakota, was all the rage. I used to travel around the country in that aircraft with my mum and dad. It was an awesome experience. I used to love the way the tail dipped when the aircraft was on the ground and how it lifted as it taxied down the runway before take off. A remarkable airplane, and one I couldn’t forget even when the Fokker Friendship came to replace it on domestic routes. As it happens, the DC-3 never really went away. 73 years after the DC-3 first flew, it has remained in the skies in quite a few countries around the world… it is believed there are 400 DC-3 aircraft still in service. In this article, I will discuss retro travel and the opportunity that awaits you to rekindle vintage travel in a remarkable tourist haven and setting that is, Tanzania.

One of the most successful airplanes ever built, the DC-3 made its maiden flight on December 17, 1935. The Gooney Bird, as it was sometimes called, was one of the first airplanes built primarily out of metal, replacing the wood-framed-and-doped-fabric airplanes that had evolved out of the Wright Flyer and the many models of airplanes developed during World War I. In the 1930s and 1940s, this American fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft — generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II — is still taking to the skies to this day in many parts of the world. Like its land equivalent, the marvels of yesteryear engineering — the steam train — offers a lap of luxury to its passengers to this present day on packaged rail safaris like the Blue Train in South Africa, aviation too brings back the the beauty and luxury of vintage travel to the skies.

Air travel in the 50s was much more regulated than it is today. All fares were fixed by the International Air Traffic Association (IATA). It seems almost inconceivable today, but IATA dictated exactly what could be charged on any particular route. Airlines could compete on standards of service, but not price. Hence a desire to offer the passenger the very best prevailed. In the early fifties there was only one class of travel: first or better than first class. Such luxuries as cocktail bars, and even beds had been provided on transatlantic flights. Fares were expensive and passengers were either very wealthy or claiming the trip on expenses. By the end of the fifties, there were four classes of travel, deluxe (better than first), first class, tourist class and economy class. The Indigo Aviation Dakota plying the Zanzibar, Selous, Pemba and Mafia routes from Dar es salaam, Tanzania, judging from the luxurious cabin alone, takes you back to the early 50s when, literally, there was only one way to travel – first class.

When I saw an ad on the cover of a local magazine (Advertising Dar) back in May 2009, I was thrilled to see the DC-3 back in action. To me, she is the most beautiful bird that ever took to the skies. My plan is to get on that plane to travel to Mafia island, a fascinating island steeped in history, and what I consider to be the ideal destination to fly to to write a series of articles on, in retro style.